Archive for December 29th, 2011

Team Obama Video Outlines Dozens of Possible Victory Pathways

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

This morning Obama campaign manager Jim Messina sent out an email blast asking for contributions and released a video outlining more than 40 pathways to victory next year, including strategies that run through Florida and the Midwest.

It is interesting to note that Team Obama continues to have confidence in the South and thinks Arizona is in play. With the plummeting poll numbers for FL Gov Rick Scott and SC Gov Nikki Haley, they could be onto something.

Have a look:

Messina concluded the video with a request for donations, channeling his inner Paul LePage thusly:

“People have speculated that this is a billion-dollar campaign,” Messina says, before asking for donations. “That’s bullshit.”

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Video of Gov LePage’s Fort Kent Listening Session

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Fiddlehead Focus now has video posted from inside Tuesday’s Fort Kent event with Governor LePage.


Governor LePage at Fort Kent Senior Center Listening Session- Account of Chace Joe Jackson

LePage at the Fort Kent Senior Center Listening Session (Shelly Mountain)

UPDATED: LePage: “Come April first, I’m going to have to close schools or close nursing homes.”

A Picture Is Indeed Worth A Thousand Words…

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Does Rick Perry Think Canada is Part of the United States?

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Sure does look that way! Wow.

The audiences at Mr. Perry’s events seemed somewhat unmoved by parts of his speech that talked about job creation. But when it came to energy and oil, they perked up.

“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source,” Mr. Perry said in Clarinda, earning a loud round of enthusiastic applause.

Later, the audience reacted again to Mr. Perry’s assertion that buying so much energy from foreign countries is “not good policy, it’s not good politics and frankly it’s un-American.”

(That the line was one of the most enthusiastically met by the Perry supporters in attendance speaks to their own lack of basic knowledge about America as well)

How does one get to where Perry is, when it is so obvious that the man is not only terribly unqualified for his current job and is in fact, a complete buffoon? How is it that he hasn’t been set down by members of his own party and told to stop embarrassing them nationally?

No wonder he’s having to sue Virginia to get onto that state’s ballot.

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Tweets, Reactions and Videos of Presque Isle Governor’s (sans Governor) Listening Forum

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Some amazing tweets came out first yesterday afternoon, as BDN Aroostook reporter Jen Lynds shared her firsthand accounts live:

Tweeting live from Gov’s forum on suppl. budget cuts. Angry crowd. Gov. is not here

Audience says that the state can save $$$ on the budget and not cut services to ill/elderly/mentally ill by investigating welfare cheats

Two time breast cancer survivor re: MaineCare — “I am fighting a 15 y.o pregnant girl living w/ her parents. She gets MeCare. I don’t.”

Rep. John Martin says that stores are telling employees that they don’t offer health insurance, so they should “got get MaineCare.”

Bad idea when a 22 y.o. state rep. mentioned his own benefits as a part time Legislator — angry crowd of full time uninsured not happy.

Story/photo/video online tonight and in tomorrow’s BDN of PI event! Also coverage from Fort Kent event, where Gov. not well received (?)

Here is the link to the aforementioned BDN writeup with a 1:36 video from within the event. (Personally, I would have loved to have seen more video for better context, but a quibble) From the article:

A standing-room-only audience crowded into Northern Maine Community College on Wednesday afternoon for the second of three regional meetings held so that Aroostook County residents could weigh in on Gov. Paul LePage’s supplemental budget and its proposed reductions to MaineCare costs.

Several urged the state to crack down on those abusing MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents.

More than 150 people were on hand for the forum, which LePage did not attend. A representative from his administration was on hand to take notes.

From what I have learned on Facebook conversations with folks in attendance, the “22 y.o. state rep” mentioning his health benefits in Lynds’ tweets was none other than Tyler Clark, who provided us with many, um, interesting non-job creating bills this last year that thankfully died. The gent who bravely admitted he pays for his own gas to get to events such as these was Peter Edgecomb, who had to navigate ten miles to get to the listening forum.

So unless he’s driving a vehicle with spectacularly bad mileage, he spent maybe $2 at most of his own money to attend and listen to his constituents. How magnanimous.

From WAGM comes this video of Occupy Aroostook’s protest held outside of the event.

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Santorum: “Scrubbed, Scoured and Surprise Free”

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Here is the GOP presidential hopeful, currently projected as in third place in the latest CNN/ Time Iowa poll, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier today:


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